Black lives Matter vs All lives Matter

Access program held an online discussion panel on the topic and the students got to share what they thought the movement meant to them and this in summary everyone gained some insight on the cause and why it matters.

The black lives matter movement highlighted what has been a common mis-congruencey in the black communities world wide. Following the movement we have seen major changes in the international world from commercial to corporate.

From the rise of awareness of the unfair treatment of black people in society. To the fall of monuments and statues that idolise oppression. By saying Black lives matter there shouldn't be a misinterpretation where people think only black lives matter, this movement places the spotlight on black people are discriminated because of the colour of their skin. All Lives Matter (#AllLivesMatter) is a slogan that has come to be associated with criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement. To say ‘Black lives matter’ acknowledges that in many ways we never did—not to suggest that anyone else matters any less.”

To put this in perspective This viral video clip created by Twitter user @JlTEAGEGE, who was just 15 when she filmed it back in 2016, makes it clear: “Black lives matter” does not mean Black people are “superior.” The content creator says, “We’re all people, of course we all matter. But are all races getting routinely killed by the police for no reason other than the fact that they are Black?”  The bottom line: Until Black lives matter, there’s really no truth to the statement “all lives matter.” As Aliza Garza, one of the creators of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, put it in a 2014 article for The Feminist Wire, “Black Lives Matter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important—it means that Black lives, which are seen as without value within White supremacy, are important to your liberation. Given the disproportionate impact state violence has on Black lives, we understand that when Black people in this country get free, the benefits will be wide-reaching and transformative for society as a whole. When we are able to end the hyper-criminalization and sexualization of Black people and end the poverty, control and surveillance of Black people, every single person in this world has a better shot at getting and staying free. When Black people get free, everybody gets free."

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